ACLU Assault on National Motto, Fails Again


ACRU Staff


April 22, 2008

The facts for this article, but not the legal conclusions, come from an article on Fox News on April 18.

“In God We Trust” is the official Motto of the United States. It appears on coins and bills produced by the Treasury. It is also the motto of Florida, where it is also under attack by the ACLU. The first appearance of that slogan in public is in the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which has also been officially adopted, as the National Anthem.

In many state and federal courts, the ACLU has launched attacks on the use of this motto in public. All such attacks, in the US Supreme Court and elsewhere, have failed. The latest failure is in Indiana. That state decided to permit residents, by their own choice, to have license plates which bear this motto. These were offered for the same price that regular Indiana license plates are provided to residents of that state.

Marion Superior Court Judge Gary L. Miller issued a summary judgment against the ACLU on its challenge to these license plates on 10 April. In his decision, the Judge said: “Courts are not to second-guess the Indiana General Assembly when it comes to calculations of this sort….” The Plaintiff, who was the stalking horse for the ACLU in the case, had challenged the fact that his Environmental Trust plate from Indiana had an extra charge associated with it, whereas, the motto plate did not.

The Legal Director of the ACLU said they were “disappointed” and would appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The bottom line is that the ACLU attacks every instance where the word “God” appears in public, as if passing strangers would be turned into fundamentalist Christians from simply seeing that word. The US Supreme Court has long since ruled that the National Motto is constitutional, which is why cases like this are allegedly based on other criteria, such as the fact that the use of this plate is free, as well as voluntary.

The antagonism of the ACLU to any reference to the religious heritage of America is deep and long-standing. It is hoped that the Court in this case will impose major fees and costs on the ACLU and its attorneys for bringing a frivolous action in this case.

Source for this article on the Internet:,2933,351721,00.html



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